You have worked so hard to get to this point in life. Made wise decisions. Did not make too many really foolish mistakes. You saved and didn't squander what you had. Then, the shocker! The illness. Everything changes. You ask, "Now what? Where do I go from here?"
You prayed to be good parents. You did it all right. You read everything James Dobson ever wrote. You went to conferences. You attended seminars. You asked the wisest people you knew for advice, and you followed it. Then your child reveals plans that contradict everything you believe. You ask, "Now what? Where do I go from here?"
You gave your life to the company. You sacrificed your personal life. You sacrificed your family. You sacrificed your health. You assumed, "They will take care of me." Then one day you get the news, "We're downsizing. Sorry, but you are out." You are stunned. You had no idea this was coming. You thought your job was secure. You ask, "Now what? Where do I go from here?"
Being single was never an option for you. Divorce was never in your vocabulary. You loved your life. That all changed one day when you discovered your spouse had been having an affair. When confronted, they admit it and say things like, "I haven't loved you for years. I've been unhappy for too long. I'm not sure I ever loved you." Then, they are gone. You are alone. You ask, "Now what? Where do I go from here?"
You have been "going to church" longer than you remember. Your parents took you with them the first Sunday after you were born. Church is all you've known. It's been your life. You were involved in the children's programs. You were active in the youth group. When you went to college you found a group that encouraged spiritual growth. But, one day you have a faith crisis. Things happen that seem wrong and make no sense. You begin to question everything you've been taught. The questions scare you. You ask, "Now what? Where do we go from here?"
"Now what? Where do I go from here?" A haunting question! It is a frightening place to be. No answers. Everything is uncertain. Where do you go from here?
There is an answer. There is a place.
The disciples of Jesus found themselves in a similar position:
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God" (John 6:60-69 NIV).
When life caves in on us we must believe what Peter believed: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." That faith is what will sustain us when life falls apart, when people disappoint us, when people hurt us, when church fails us, and when we make horrible mistakes.
If you find yourself asking, "Now what? Where do I go from here?" The answer is this, "Lord, You have the words of eternal life. I believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. I will go with You!"
Go to the One who has the words of eternal life. Go to the Holy One of God. Go to Jesus.
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